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Is It Safe to Go Back to the Dentist?

June 29, 2020
The New York Times
Dentists are donning head-to-toe protective equipment, switching to laser instruments and taking other steps to reassure patients that it’s safe to get back in the chair.
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Senior Oral Health: A Community-Based, Interprofessional Educational Experience for Nursing and Dental Students

June 9, 2020
Journal of Gerontological Nursing
The current article highlights an interprofessional, older adult oral health community program, created through an Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice grant from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, designed to address the gap between older adult health education and care delivery.
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How Will Dentistry Respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic?

May 20, 2020
JAMA Network
On March 27, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended postponing all nonemergent dental services nationwide as part of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) mitigation efforts, matching guidelines already released by the American Dental Association, state dental societies, and departments of public health. By early April, 95% of dental practices were fully shuttered or open only for emergency care. Read more about How Will Dentistry Respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic?
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Hugh Silk, MD, MPH, Featured in Webinar Aimed at Ensuring Oral Health Care Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak

May 18, 2020

Check out the new webinar on the topic of Ensuring Access To Oral Health Care - Emergency Health Workforce Policies to Address COVID 19 recorded and hosted by the Fitzhugh Mullen Institute for Health Workforce Equity at George Washington University. Panelists include Maria (Mia) Geisinger (School of Dentistry University of Alabama), Marko Vukovic (ADA Health Policy Institute) and Hugh Silk (UMass Medical School) with host Janice Chen (from the FM Institute). View the webinar below:

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Promoting Oral Health for Mothers and Children: A Nurse Home Visitor Education Program

April 28, 2020
Continuing Nursing Education
Over the last 10 years, na - tional attention on the oral health of pregnant women and their children has become more prominent. Oral health and its links to overall health are now regarded as essential to the health of pregnant women, their infants, and young children (California Dental Association Foundation & American College of Obstetricians and Gyne - cologists, District IX, 2010). 
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Lessons From Oral Health: Using Philanthropy As A Catalyst For Systems Change

March 5, 2020
Health Affairs
Revisions to the rules governing dental hygienists employed by, or under contract with, governmental public health entities in North Carolina, which passed on January 16, 2020, expand access to oral health care for underserved residents in the state. Oral health is a critical issue in North Carolina, with more than ... Read more about Lessons From Oral Health: Using Philanthropy As A Catalyst For Systems Change
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Medicare For All: What History Can Teach Us About Its Chances

February 24, 2020
Health Affairs
Too much time has been spent in this presidential campaign season arguing about Medicare for All. It is not because it’s a bad idea. It is because, for the foreseeable future, Medicare for All has zero political chance to become law. To begin understanding why, consider the 70-year history of legislative efforts in the US to advance toward universal coverage. And then consider the realities in the current US political environment.  
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The role of oral health in an evolving health care delivery system: An interview with Bruce Donoff, DMD, MD

January 7, 2020
This interview is focused on the role that dentistry, and oral health more broadly, can play in improving the quality, accessibility, and value of health care delivered in the United States. The interview touches on the importance of oral health, transitioning from interprofessional education to interprofessional practice, and the opportunity for dental professionals to participate in value-based reimbursement models, among other related topics.